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Postoperative Care

Last Updated: March 10, 2019

Introduction

The intricacies of neurosurgical intervention require cognizant and specialized postoperative care to optimize surgical outcome. Ideal postoperative care leads to optimal recovery of function and minimizes complications from anesthesia and the surgical procedure itself. Multiple etiologies of nervous system malfunction are possible; therefore, postoperative neurosurgical patients must be considered systemically and not only in the context of their nervous system. A multidisciplinary approach is often needed to best prepare the body for nervous system recovery.

Appropriately recognizing abnormal physical examination signs in the immediate postoperative period enables early diagnosis and management of potential complications. Attaining this skill requires appropriate trainin...